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Customer Project Feature: Iowa Aerial Map by Kaleigh Everding

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In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Kaleigh Everding.

Here was her idea: “I have been contemplating what to start for my next project and I am very interested in working with geometric designs. Everything I have worked on for the past 4 years has been very fluid and curved, so I want to give a try at something new! I have come across some aerial maps of the eastern Iowa countryside where I call home right now. I would use the maps as a guide to create a geometric design and use the silk to blend and define different areas of the final cartoon. In two months, my husband and I will be moving to Utah, so it would be great to weave something that can remind us of where we grew up and met.”

When I read Kaleigh’s description I had a picture in my head of what the mid-west looks like from an airplane; blocks of brown and green and fields and houses and barns and swimming pools. The final project is truly a wonderful representation of that image. Her use of color and technique (has there ever been a better use for pick and pick?) is spot-on. I could stare at this for ages (actually, I have been…)

Her pieces was 21″ x 13.5″ and the silk was used to mark homesteads on the “map”.

Here is the final project.

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Customer Project Feature: Knotted Pile Galaxy by Pinar Miski

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In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Pinar Miski!

Here was her idea: “I had the pleasure of hosting Sara Lamb for our weaver’s guild back in October. She taught me how to weave knotted pile. If I had the silk, I’d like to use my 12″ little guy Mirrix to weave a small knotted pile panel to incorporate into a woven purse or perhaps a wall hanging. It will either be a spiral galaxy / astronomy design or a traditional Turkish kilim motif (since that’s where I was born).”

We also asked our winners to suggest what colors of silk they wanted. We did our best to accommodate their wishes. Because Pinar was weaving a galaxy we also threw in some gold thread, which she sprinkled throughout the black background like random stars.

Picking out silk for Pinar’s project was a lot of fun. I have always been inspired in my weaving by pictures of galaxies. The colors are so profound. I dug through my stash and came up what I hoped with inspire Pinar as well. I also threw in some gold thread which you can see in the black background.

Pinar had initially asked that we include some black silk but as the universe makes its own rules, we were completely out of black. This was a stroke of luck actually because the background was woven in wool with, as I mentioned, specs of gold thread. The contrast between the duller wool and the very bright, shinny silk was the perfect complement for this piece. Had she used black silk for the background it would have competed with the silk in the galazy.

What also struck me about Pinar’s use of our silk for this particular project is that the mulbury silk we use was originally intended to make knotted pile rugs so in fact Pinar was using it exactly how it should be used. That makes sense. It works perfectly in her piece.

It’s so satisfying to know that those sweet little bobbins of hand-painted silk and gold thread inspired such a breath-taking piece of art.

Here is her final project:

Galaxy Knotted Pile Bag by Pinar Miski
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Customer Project Feature: Garden of Elivis by Felicitas

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In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Felicitas Sloves!

Here was her idea: “With the hand painted silk yarn, I would weave a tapestry using found materials. With the silk yarn being the primary yarn in the project, it will be interwoven with objects such as small pieces of mica, agate slices, bits of fused glass and whimsical items such as pieces of vinyl records and their labels, thin strips of cardboard packaging from beer cartons and cereal boxes, t-shirt strips and dried stalks/leaves from my garden. I know this sounds like one hot mess, but my goal would be a finished tapestry that would be a textural landscape woven with hand dyed silk and incorporated with found materials.”

While we weren’t sure what the final piece would look like, we looked forward to what Felicita would pull out of her bag of sundry tricks. She did NOT disappoint! The final weaving was a seamless combination of  materials. From concept to execution, Felicita went on a fascinating journey which really spoke to her theme of “A Garden of Elvis.”  We would love to see more of her fantastical creations! So slow down and really carefully examine every detail in her tapestry. She breaks a lot those strict tapestry rules and yet she does it with such skill and thoughtfulness that it completely works. I guess that’s what we loved best about this piece: it was imagined, it was very much off the beaten path and it totally worked!


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Weave-Along 18:

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There are two types jewelry most women have: The jewelry you wear all the time and the jewelry that sits in your jewelry box waiting for a special occasion. This bracelet, made of silk and crystals, falls into that first category. In fact, you’re never going to want to take it off your wrist.

For our eighteenth weave-along, we will be making this gorgeous bracelet.

What’s a Weave-Along, you ask?

A weave-along is a FREE online course. Claudia Chase and Elena Zuyok of Mirrix Looms will lead participants through a project woven on a loom. Every Sunday participants will get an email going over what had been worked on the week before and giving instructions and tips for the week ahead. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including the Mirrix Facebook PageMirrix Facebook Group and Mirrix Ravelry Page. This is a community event!

Please note you must be using a genuine Mirrix Loom to participate in these Mirrix-sponsored events.

When? Where? How?
September 13th – September 27th, 2015
September 13th- 19th: Warping & Weaving
September 20th – 27th: Finishing

Sign up here!


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Buy a Loom and Get a Chance to Receive $50 Back in Store Credit

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buyaloom50Between August 19th and September 1st, for every 15 looms we sell (on www.mirrixlooms.com) we will choose one customer who purchased a loom during that time period to receive a $50 credit to the Mirrix Store.

This means when you purchase a loom, you have a very good chance of getting $50 extra to spend in the Mirrix Store on kits, accessories and more!

 

Terms and conditions:

Anyone who purchases a loom (including Craftsy looms and loom packages) retail from mirrixlooms.com between August 19th, 2015 and September 1st, 2015 (ET) will get ONE chance to win per loom purchased. 

We will randomly choose one winner for every 15 looms we sell.

Winner/s will be emailed on September 2nd.

Woven Silk and Crystals

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If you weave, whatever you weave, you love the materials with which you weave. After all, those materials are the bricks that make your weaving and if those bricks are crumbling and dull, what you weave will embody those traits. Materials that are rich and filled with color and texture and body will make your project sing. Hence, it’s no surprise that I get excited when I wield my paint brush over skeins of silk or receive a box of materials in the mail. Admiring that hand-painted silk once it has dried and put on skeins gives me the same feeling as receiving, as I recently did, a box of crystals. The goal is of course to make something worthy of the materials. It doesn’t have to be an intensely complicated long-term project. It can be something very simple that elegantly incorporates the gems and threads.

To that end, I made the following two woven projects which I would like to share with you.

Okay, you’ve seen the hand-painted silk a million times but I am going to post a picture of them anyway.  The crystals are new, at least to me. I have frequently used size 4mm fire polish crystals in my work. This is the first time I’ve used the more delicate size 2mm fire polish crystals. I kept my color choices simple: a couple of versions of gold and just clear crystals.

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A Simple Beaded Bracelet using the No warp ends kit!

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After having made the simpTle beaded bracelet I realized that it would have been a bit easier to make it with the no warp-ends kit.  I whipped out one of my two mini-mirrix looms and warped it up with the kit. I have been using the mini a lot lately. I go through stages but recently I’ve been weaving so much and in so many different places, including bed, that I find the mini is a must have when I really want something very little in my lap. I have even woven silk strips on it because I don’t always use the shedding device when weaving thin silk strips because it’s almost as easy not to reach up and change the shedding device. Plus sometimes I just like to needle weave.  It’s kind of that “slow craft” moment, which I’ve been having a lot of lately.  I digress.

Why the no warp-ends kit for this simple project? It turns out  it is easier (and I am out to prove this point) to fold down the ends of the piece and sew them without those pesky warp end knots and ends.  I am glad I tried it without the no warp-ends kit first because it’s very doable and I don’t want you folks who don’t have one and don’t want to buy the kit excluded from this very fun, very satisfying project. That being said, it’s always nice to find an easier way to to do anything. And if you are like me, turning over and sewing ends of things is not your favorite thing to do!


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An Introduction to Navajo Weaving

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I am going to approach my next subject, Navajo weavings, a little differently. Rather than jump into the history of Navajo weaving, I am going first talk about the weavings themselves and the equipment that was used. In part two of this blog I will talk about the actual history.

Cover of book "The Fine Art of Navajo Weaving" by Steve Gutzwiller

Cover of book “The Fine Art of Navajo Weaving” by Steve Gutzwiller

I would guess that anyone reading this blog already has some knowledge about Navajo weavings.  Whether you’ve read about them, seen pictures of them or, if you’re lucky, have seen the weavings in person, the term Navajo weaving will bring a very specific image to mind. You will remember the stripes and the patterns, the symmetry, the lack of fringe and the density of the fabric. You might also get an image in your head of the vertical looms which are unique to Navajo weaving. Navajo weavings share certain aspects with other weavings, but they also have distinguishing qualities that set them far apart from all other weavings.


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Simple Beaded Bracelet

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I wanted to make a simple, quick beaded bracelet. I haven’t woven beads in a while because lately I’ve been kind of obsessed with hand-painted silk bracelets and small tapestries. But the beads started calling.

Sometimes I just really crave simple: simple materials, simple design, but great colors. So I wanted this bracelet to be just that.

I decided I wanted to use the same clasp I’ve been using for the hand-painted silk bracelets. I figured out that I needed to use either 11/0 Delica or 15/0 beads in order for the bracelet to fit correctly into the clasp (obviously, smaller beads would work but that’s my limit!).

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